What to do in Hueston Woods State Park

Hueston Woods State Park located in southwest Ohio has an enormous wealth of natural resources. The limestone bedrock of the area is evidence of an ancient shallow sea that once covered Ohio. Lime in the water accumulated on the sea floor and eventually recrystallized into limestone bedrock. Much of the limestone is the magnesium-bearing type called dolomite. Fossilized remains of ancient marine animals are concentrated in the limestone, so many in fact that people from all over the world come to Hueston Woods to collect them.

The rich soils of the area are part of the glacial till plains of western Ohio that attracted early settlers due to their tremendous agricultural value. When settlers arrived, the land had to be cleared of the dense woodlands that covered it and most of Ohio. Nearly all of Ohio's original forest has since vanished. However, one unique stand of old-growth timber remains at Hueston Woods. Over 200 acres have been protected and provide visitors with a glimpse of Ohio's primeval forest. Stately beech and sugar maple tower above the abundance of ferns, wildflowers and other woodland species. In 1967, the 200-acre forest was designated a National Natural Landmark by the National Park Service.

Hueston Woods Resort and Conference Center opened in 1967 offering a 92-room resort lodge where murals and artifacts of the Miami Indians who lived in this area decorate the lodge interior. A dining room, snack bar, and lounge areas are available to both registered guests and visitors. Recreational facilities for guests include an indoor pool, outdoor pool, game room, lighted tennis courts, and floating boat docks. Two luxury suites are also available.

In addition to the lodge, the park offers 25 family cottages and 12 one-room efficiency cottages. The housekeeping cottages have two bedrooms, bath, kitchen, living room, and screened porch. With the addition of convertible sofa beds, this cottage will accommodate six people. The efficiency cottages combine a living room-dining room, with sleeping facilities for four and a private bath. All cottages are equipped with cooking and eating utensils, towels and bedding. Cots are available. Weekly rentals are given preference between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Cottage guests have access to all lodge facilities.

A 255-site family campground is offered on the west side of Acton Lake. The full-service campground offers electric hookups, hot showers, flush toilets, laundry facilities and dump station. Each site is equipped with a picnic table and fire ring. Additionally, there are 236 non-electric sites. These sites have picnic tables, fire rings and vault-type latrines. A group area is also available to organized youth and adult groups. Groups wishing to use this area must contact the park office at least fourteen days prior to the arrival date. All camping is limited to 14 days within a 30-day period. There are a limited number of sites available for campers with pets.

Early in the summer of 1956, the 1,200-foot earth fill dam across Four Mile Creek was completed, and the following year Acton Lake was impounded. For over forty years, boaters, paddlers, anglers, and swimmers have delighted in this man-made resource that features marina, launch ramps, public docks, and a swimming beach. There is a 10 HP limit on motors; canoes using motors have a limit of 4 HP. Boats may be rented at the marina. The lake has a population of largemouth bass, crappie, channel catfish, and bluegill. Anglers 16 years of age and older must possess a valid Ohio fishing license. The 1,500-foot swimming beach on the west shore of the lake is open to the public during the summer months from sunrise to sunset. A concession stand and bathhouse are located at the beach.

Duffers enjoy the 18-hole, 7,005-yard, par 72 golf course off Brown Road approximately eight miles from the park entrance. The course is open from March until November. Call the pro shop for a tee time.

Over ten miles of trails challenge the hiker and provide an opportunity for nature study. A hiker's guide is available at the park office. Six miles of bridle trail and a horsemen's staging area are located off S.R. 177 on Four Mile Valley Road.

Picnicking is enjoyed at nine separate areas where visitors will find tables and grills. Ground fires are prohibited.

The park also offers year-round nature programs at the nature center. Park naturalists have live animals on display, lead nature hikes, and offer bird and wildflower walks. They also present talks, movies and fossil hunts.

An attraction enjoyed by many is the paintball field and target range. Individuals may bring their own equipment or use the park's. Group reservations are available. The park will fill tanks, and sell all equipment and supplies.

Recreation
Hueston Woods State Park offers the user a very diverse palette. Visitors enjoy a comfortable resort suitable for corporate meetings, family reunions, or couples desiring a weekend getaway. There are swimming pools at the park, lake beach, hiking and horseback riding trails, cottages, campsites with varying features, an 18-hole golf course, tennis courts, paintball range, picnic areas, boating and fishing opportunities, paddling opportunities, nature study and much more. Enjoyment of the park does not come to a halt during the winter. Instead, visitors are welcome to ice boat, ice fish, ice skate, sled and cross-country ski.

Location
Hueston Woods State Park is located in southwestern Ohio, west of Dayton and just minutes from the Indiana state line. Access is off State Route 732.

Climate
This state has four distinct seasons and a brilliant fall foliage display in it southern woods during mid October. Winter lasts from December through February with average temperatures near 25 degrees F. Low temperatures dip to single digits, but do not often drop below zero. Northern regions of the state receive average snowfall amounts of 55 inches, while the central and southern regions of the state receive lesser amounts with averages near 30 inches. This difference is caused by lake-affect moisture patterns.

Spring temperatures begin to warm the landscapes of Ohio by mid March and are in full swing by April. Temperatures range from 40 through 70 degrees F through the spring months. This season often brings the most rainfall, before the drying heat of summer. Summer can be extremely hot and humid in the interior of Ohio. Temperatures reach above 90 degrees F frequently through July and August. Cooler fall temperatures don't reach the region until mid to late September. This is a pleasant time to visit as the air is crisp with low humidity levels. Ohio's annual precipitation usually reaches slightly above 50 inches.

Address
6301 Park Office Road
College Corner, OH 45003

Phone: 513-523-6347

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